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Medieval Exegesis, Vol. 1: The Four Senses of Scripture (Medieval Exegesis #1)

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Originally published in French asExégèse médiévale, Henri de Lubac's multivolume study of medieval exegesis and theology has remained one of the most significant works of modern biblical studies. Available now for the first time in English, this long-sought-after volume is an essential addition to the library of those whose study leads them into the difficult field of bib
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Paperback, 489 pages
Published April 17th 1998 by Eerdmans (first published January 1st 1959)
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Jacob Aitken
Argument: Medieval exegesis isn’t simply allegory, for it goes far beyond the method of ancient pagan sources. Rather, it seeks the “spirit” of Scripture.

Henri de Lubac is a master writer and theologian, but this book presents a challenge to the reader on a number of levels. De Lubac opens the door to a wide forest of patristic and medieval thinking--and he provides no map to navigate this forest. (Later volumes in the series do provide the map). That's not to say de Lubac fails to offer a model
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Jun 19, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing
De Lubac almost overwhelms one with the amount of Patristic and Medieval sources cited in this volume, but in a good way. And though he can be a bit difficult to follow at times, this work is a treasure chest for those who may have grown tired of an overly narrow Historical-Critical method of Biblical scholarship that has dominated the last century and a half.
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Aug 11, 2011 Kyle rated it it was amazing
If there was ever a book that made my reading of ancient sources puny and small, this is Without explicitly stating it, Lubac is offering his support for a four-fold model of Scriptural interpretation: history, allegory, tropology (morality), and anagogy (spiritual). Most important to Lubac is the legitimacy of a possible allegorical reading of scripture.



The basis of Lubac’s argument is strikingly simple: the early Church through the medieval period always practiced it. Most of the book is a his
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Henri-Marie de Lubac, SJ (1896-1991) was a French Jesuit priest who became a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, and is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. His writings and doctrinal research played a key role in the shaping of the Second Vatican Council.

De Lubac became a faculty member at Catholic Faculties of Theology of Lyons, where he taught history of re
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